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F/Lt. R. W. Oxspring - 66 Squadron

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Robert Wardlow Oxspring was born in Sheffield on 22nd May 1919, the son of a World War 1 decorated pilot of the same name. He joined the RAF in March 1938 on a short service commission and joined 66 Sqn in the December and started operational flying in July 1940, flying throughout the Battle of Britain. His Spitfire X4170 was shot down by Bf109s over Kent on 25th October, baling out with slight injuries (Caterpillar Club Badge). He was awarded the DFC on 8th November. September 1942 saw him awarded a bar to the DFC. Moving to Mediterranean combat, it is thought probable that Oxspring was the pilot who shot down renowned German ace Anton Haffner of JG51 on 2 January 1943. Oxspring led his squadron to be the highest scoring in the North African theatre, and survived his second shooting down of the war, Oxspring was awarded a second bar to his DFC in February 1943. During the war Squadron Leader Oxspring had registered 13 solo kills with 2 shared, 2 probable kills and 4 solo V-1 Flying Bombs destroys and 1 shared. In 1946 he was awarded the Dutch Vligerkruis by Royal Decree of the 31st October 1946 appearing in the London Gazette on 10th January 1947. He was awarded an AFC in January 1949 after leading a team of 54 Sqn Vampires to Canada and the USA, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic. He retired from the service with the rank of Group Captain, having been Station Commander of RAF Gatow, Germany, in 1968 and settled in Lincolnshire near to RAF Cranwell. He died on 8th August 1989.

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Items Signed by Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)

 Bobby Oxspring in his 66 Squadron Spitfire destroys an ME109 of JF/53 Ace of Spades Group, in a high level attack at 30,000 feet above Dover, 18th September 1940. Angels Three Zero by Robert TaylorClick For DetailsDHM2084
Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)

Latest Allied Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
 Continuing his popular series of Giclée Studio Proofs on canvas, Robert Taylor portrays Squadron Leader 'Sailor' Malan DFC, Commanding Officer of 74 Squadron and one of the great Battle of Britain Aces, in his famous painting Height of the Battle.  Having already made one diving attack into the force of Luftwaffe He111 bombers approaching London with their fighter escort, 'Sailor' peels his Spitfire over for a second attack. Another top Ace, Pilot Officer Harbourne Stephen DFC, is hard on his heels. Below them, typifying the scene as it was on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 September 1940, Mk.I Hurricanes from 17 and 56 Squadrons have already joined the fray.
Height of the Battle by Robert Taylor. (GS)
 The latest Giclée technology has once again brought Robert Taylor's sophisticated artistry to life to faithfully replicate his classic painting of the Hurricanes of 1 Squadron (RCAF).  Becoming operational at Northolt in August 1940 they served with great distinction throughout the Battle of Britain.
Maple Leaf Scramble by Robert Taylor. (GS)
 Few flew the Hurricane better in combat than Squadron Leader John Grandy, Commanding Officer of 249 Squadron. Robert Taylor's iconic painting Hurricane Attack portrays him about to pounce on a Bf110 over the Isle of Wight in August 1940.
Hurricane Attack by Robert Taylor. (GS)
 Spitfires of No.616 Squadron, September 1940.  The aircraft nearest is K4330 QJ-G, the mount of Johnnie Johnson.

The New Knights by David Pentland. (P)

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 28th July
28July1940At Staplehurst a searchlight post was bombed and put out of action.
28July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. H. R. Young of 74 Squadron, was Killed.
28July1940Feldwebel Konrad Carl of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940German aircraft reported to have crashed at Wooton Hill
28July1940Leutnant Heribert Kargel of JG 27 shot down a Blenheim
28July1940Major Adolf Galland of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940Major Werner Mölders of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940No.11 Squadron shot down two He59s over Dover
28July1940No.41 Squadron shot down two Me109s over Dover
28July1940No.74 Squadron shot down three Me109s with the loss of two Spitfires over Dover
28July1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 655 with 328 Hurricanes, 245 Spitfires, 66 Blenheims, amd 26 Defiants
28July1940Oberfeldwebel Johannes Schmid of JG 2 shot down a Blenheim
28July1940Oberfeldwebel Karl Schmid of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940Oberleutnant Joachim Müncheberg of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
28July1940Oberleutnant Richard Leppla of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
28July1940One Ju88 landed intact north of Bexhill at 0520 hours owing to a shortage of petrol. The crew taken prisoner
28July1940Royal Air Force flew 35 night sorties.
28July1940Royal Air Force flew: 220 day patrols despatched involving 840 fighters
28July1940Spitfire K9970 Mk.Ia , DW-V, - Wheels up landing at Digby. P/O Lund ok.
28July1940Spitfire P9334 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
28July1940Spitfire P9336 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Dover. Sgt Mould abandoned aircraft.
28July1940Spitfire P9429 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 near Dover and crash landed at Manston. F/O Lovell injured.
28July1940Spitfire P9547 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Dover. P/O Young killed.
28July1940Spitfire R6706 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109.
28July1940Spitfire R6779 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
28July1940Spitfires of No.234 Squadron shot down a Ju88 east of Plymouth at about 0520 hours
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 28th July
28July1942Former New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt A. Campbell of 264 Squadron, was Killed.


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